Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

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July 9, 2017

For decades Costa Rica has been among the world’s premier retirement destinations. It still is. Chuck and his wife Anna launched their Pura Vida lifestyle in 2012. They sought a mild climate, better healthcare, amazing views, and lots to do…and all at a lower cost of living. You’ll find established and welcoming expat communities all across the country. It’s easy to make friends to explore the jungle with, or to share an ice-cold, two-buck Pilsen beer while watching the sun set from a beach.

Use These 5 Tricks to Get By in a Foreign Language

Use These 5 Tricks to Get By in a Foreign Language

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July 8, 2017

Do you sit at your computer, dreaming of a new life abroad? Don’t be intimidated if your little spot of heaven is in a country where you don’t speak the language. When I moved overseas to Ecuador, I hadn’t studied Spanish since university—over 20 years before. My knowledge consisted of a dim memory on how to conjugate verb endings.

Holbox: Mexico’s Enchanting and Remote Tropical Island

Holbox: Mexico’s Enchanting and Remote Tropical Island

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July 3, 2017

Just a 25-minute boat ride off the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a sliver of an island called Holbox (pronounced ol-bosh). In the Mayan language it means “black hole.” For the increasing number of visitors (as well as a small number of pioneering—mostly part-time expats and full-time business owners) who make their way here it’s a tropical getaway that’s quite different than spots like Cancún and Playa del Carmen on the nearby Riviera Maya.

Potholes in Paradise: The Downsides of Driving in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Potholes in Paradise: The Downsides of Driving in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

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June 27, 2017

As we begin our fourth year living in a beautiful condo steps from a sparkling Caribbean beach in Cancún, Mexico, we are incredibly grateful. Life here is truly wonderful and we are mindful of the fact that we live in a place that many call paradise.

How We Travel the World and Save $30,000 a Year in Accommodation Costs

How We Travel the World and Save $30,000 a Year in Accommodation Costs

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June 23, 2017

My husband Michael and I just celebrated a big "travel" anniversary. After traveling full time for over five years, we are neither broke, nor burnt out. The reason that we still love our nomadic life is because we've figured out a way to travel that saves us up to $30,000 a year in accommodation costs and has helped keep us sane.

I Took My Job on the Road and Searched for My Overseas Home

I Took My Job on the Road and Searched for My Overseas Home

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June 22, 2017

My husband Tom and I have adventurous spirits. So, last March, we decided to embark on a new adventure, having lived in Puerto Rico for two years. We'd always dreamed of living in Mexico so we packed up everything, put ourselves and our dog on a plane to Miami, picked up a car there, and started driving south.